Learning, Migration and Intergenerational Relations

The Karen and the Gift of Education

  • Pia Jolliffe

Part of the Palgrave Studies on Children and Development book series (PSCD)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Pia Jolliffe
    Pages 1-33
  3. Pia Jolliffe
    Pages 53-74
  4. Pia Jolliffe
    Pages 143-162
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 163-180

About this book


Focusing on the Karen people in Burma, Thailand and the United Kingdom, this book analyses how global, regional and local developments affect patterns of learning. It combines historical and ethnographic research to explore the mutual shaping of intergenerational relations and children’s practical and formal learning within a context of migration and socio-political change. In this endeavour, Pia Jolliffe discusses traditional patterns of socio-cultural learning within Karen communities as well as the role of Christian missionaries in introducing schooling to the Karen in Burma and in Thailand. This is followed by an analysis of children’s migration for education in northern Thailand where state schools often encourage students’ aspirations towards upward social mobility at the same time as schools reproduce social inequality between the rural Karen and urban Thai society. The author draws attention to international humanitarian agencies who deliver education to refugees and migrants at the Thai-Burma border, as well as the role of UK government schools in the process of resettling Karen refugees. In this way, the book analyses the connections between learning, migration and intergenerational relations in households, schools and other institutions at the local, regional and global level.


education migration ethnic minorities refugees learning school Thailand Burma United Kingdom

Authors and affiliations

  • Pia Jolliffe
    • 1
  1. 1.University of OxfordOxfordUnited Kingdom

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